10 Agosto 2015
La Commissione reale australiana sulle risposte istituzionali agli abusi sessuali sui minori, chiama in audizione membro del Corpo Direttivo dei Testimoni di Geova
Geoffrey Jackson, un membro del Corpo direttivo della Chiesa dei Testimoni di Geova, è stato convocato dalla Commissione reale australiana sulle risposte istituzionali agli abusi sessuali sui minori, nell’ambito dell’inchiesta sulle politiche di gestione dell’abuso sessuale infantile nell’organizzazione geovista.
In precedenza Andrew Tokley SC, un legale dei Testimoni di Geova aveva riferito che Jackson si trovava in Australia per una visita a un membro di famiglia malato e che non era comunque in grado di fornire elementi utili e rilevanti per l’inchiesta. Tuttavia il giudice Peter McClellan che presiede la Commissione, ha deciso che l’uomo deve essere ascoltato.
L’audizione è fissata per venerdì a Sidney.
A member of the Jehovah’s Witness church governing body has been summoned to appear before the child abuse royal commission after previously being excused on compassionate grounds.
New York-based Geoffrey Jackson is in Australia to visit a sick family member and the commission had previously been told he would not be able to give relevant information about how the church formed its policies around handling of sexual abuse complaints.
Commissioner Peter McClellan decided after hearing further evidence that Mr Jackson should be summoned.
Mr Jackson is expected to appear at a hearing in Sydney on Friday.
Public hearing into the Jehovah’s Witnesses to recommence
The Royal Commission’s public hearing into the Jehovah’s Witnesses will recommence in Sydney on Friday 14 August 2015 at 11:00am.
It is anticipated that the hearing will hear from one witness, Mr Geoffrey Jackson, a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
1. The experience of survivors of child sexual abuse within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Australia.
2. The responses of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to allegations, reports or complaints of child sexual abuse within the Church.
3. The systems, policies and procedures in place within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd for raising and responding to allegations of or concerns about child sexual abuse within the Church.
4. The systems, policies and procedures in place within the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to prevent child sexual abuse within the Church.
5. Any related matters.
Date: Friday 14 August 2015
Hearing times: 11:00am start
Location: Hearing room 1, Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
The public hearing will be streamed live to the public on the Royal Commission’s website www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au
FONTE: ROYAL COMMISSION INTO INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES TO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
NOTA: Sul precedente rifiuto di Geoffrey W. Jackson a comparire in udienza, vedi anche notizia riportata qui: